New York’s worst seafood restaurant will soon close its doors for good, a move that may have more to do with an influx of visitors than a lack of demand.
The restaurant, The Fish Palace, has been in business since 2008.
But it has struggled to compete with other restaurant options, especially those catering to tourists.
Last year, the restaurant closed its doors and put the restaurant on the market.
“It was tough, it was tough to do,” restaurant owner Steve Vigalini said.
“We didn’t really know what the market was going to look like.”
The Fish palace has been open for more than two years, and now, it is closing.
The owner of The Fish, Andrew C. Bongiorno, said he did not know why the restaurant was closing until he saw the New York Post article.
“I don’t know why,” he said.
The Fish has operated at the intersection of the Long Island and New York boroughs since 2007.
According to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the Fish Palace was one of the most popular restaurants in the world for five years.
According the USDA, The Seafood Palace received more than 100 million dollars in food stamp payments in 2016.
The Seafight Palace received $16 million in food stamps in 2015.
According an article from The Daily Beast, Bongianorno’s wife, Anna, has a doctorate in marine science and is a board member for the Seafood Restaurant Association of New Jersey.
The Associated Press did not identify the restaurant as The Fish.
“Our focus right now is on supporting our staff,” Bonginianorno said.
He also said that he was not expecting a lot of visitors.
“But we’ve been able to stay open for our staff.
We’ve had our staff come here to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
We have a lot more food coming in.”
Bongiano also told The Daily Beat that he is “really excited” about the upcoming opening of The Seafile Restaurant, which will have a more casual feel.
“There’s not a lot going on, I’m not sure what’s going to happen.
We’re all just trying to enjoy each other’s company,” he added.
Bongoianorno said that the restaurant has seen a drop in business due to the influx of tourists, which he believes is part of the reason the restaurant is closing down.
“People come here because they like the food, they like being around the food,” he explained.
“They like being in the environment.”
The Seafishery is located at 1425 North Second Avenue, Suite 110 in Greenwich Village.
It is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed on Saturday.
A message left with The Fish and Seafood restaurant was not immediately returned.
The New York State Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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